A welcome initiative, by designer and front end developer Daniel Eden, Max CSS is a call to arms for designers and developers to be a little more, “helpful,” when publishing their CSS. As Eden puts it:
When developing a large web site, most of us compress our CSS files before deploying a live site. And that’s just fine — saving bytes helps make our users happier, our websites leaner, and our bandwidth bills smaller, however, developers of tomorrow are let down — what we could teach them by way of comments in our CSS, or best practices for structuring and organising our CSS, is thrown out the window as soon as we compress. No comments. No clues. No learning.
Eden’s suggestion, is to be a helpful developer, and, “alongside your
style.min.css, consider an uncompressed
style.max.css, or a comment at the top of your CSS file pointing our developer-in-the-making to an unminified version of the styles.”
It’s great to see the folks at .net magazine getting behind this and we were more than happy to contribute a few short words to an article highlighting Mr Eden’s initiative.
As a couple of gentlemen who grew up reliant on ‘View Source’ to widen our knowledge (and as educators) we wholeheartedly agree. The web was built on openness, put some thought into your CSS, thinking of the generations that follow behind you. Thank you.